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The Technology Mirage

For years, Americans worried about the disappearance of manufacturing jobs were told that their loss would be more than offset by all the new jobs technology would create in the United States.  What’s more, the jobs created by technology would stay in the United States, because they required skills that the Chinese and Mexicans­—those now doing the manufacturing work formerly done by Americans—lacked.  After several decades of stagnant wages, it is clear that this was a mirage, at best, and a lie, at worst.

Even some of the former pied pipers of the technology mirage are beginning to admit that the “new economy” they’ve promoted for so long actually promises hard times for America’s middle class.  Steve Sailer took note of Tom Friedman’s column in the November 9 New York Times, where the grand panjandrum of globalization wrote this:

But thanks to the merger of globalization and the I.T. revolution that has unfolded over the last two decades . . . “the high-wage, medium-skilled job is over,” says Stefanie Sanford, the chief of global policy and advocacy for the College Board. . . .

To be in the middle class, you may need to consider not only high-skilled jobs, “but also more nontraditional forms of work” [according to “James Manyika, who leads research on economic and...

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